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May 2021 Newsletter

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” – T.S. Eliot

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: I’ll say it. Spring is here. Whether that means spring skiing in the Cascades or finally getting back onto dry rock, it’s a great season to be outside enjoying the long days!


Leslie contends with some spring vegetation at Mt Erie while climbing on her birthday. (Photo: John Parks)

May Meeting:

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Program: Kyle Breakey, a member of Mt Baker Ski Patrol and the Bellingham Mountain Rescue Council, will be presenting on a one day ascent of Mt. Shuksan and circumnavigation of the summit pyramid.

Where: As you might’ve guessed, the meeting will be on zoom, again. Here’s the link:

Meeting ID: 861 8993 8264

Passcode: 331074

Skagit Alpine Club Meeting Notes: April 7, 2021

Juliet organized a SAC Spoof Tank for that one item you wish were invented for you next outdoor adventure. Thanks for the participation and great ideas!

The Basic Mountaineering Course:

It Begins: The first class is starting next week with our new format. Thanks for all of the hard work to completely revamp the class to adjust to the new Covid reality. Juliet, thanks for doing so much!

Harlequin ducks on their breeding grounds on the Middle Fork of the Teanaway River. (Photo: Leslie Parks)

New Business:

Support for Alex: As most of you are aware by now, one of our most dedicated members and instructors, Alex Korteum, suffered a stroke in January. His recovery and rehabilitation have been going well, and he’s enjoying being home after his stay in the hospital. If you’re so inclined, here is a link to a GoFundMe campaign that’s been set up to help him and his family as he recovers.

Old Business:

Dues are due! It’s a new year. If you haven’t paid your dues, please do so using this link:

SAC 60th Anniversary!

So what if SAC turns 61 this year? Last year doesn’t… Help us celebrate 60 years of SAC by climbing mountains! The club is attempting to summit all the Skagit 60 peaks in 2020 to commemorate the 60th anniversary. The website used to track our progress is

The last rays of sunset on Mt Rainier through the passenger window of a 737 while riding back to SEATAC. (Photo: John Parks)

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